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cstengel
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posted April 16, 2001 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel   Click Here to Email cstengel     Edit/Delete Message
Joey Ramone - Dead.

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jollyjoe
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posted April 16, 2001 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message
I didn't even know he was sick. I haven't heard much about this guy since 1983. What a year that was! So long, Joey, you son of a bitch!

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fred
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posted April 17, 2001 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Goodnight funnyman.

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King
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posted December 20, 2001 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for King   Click Here to Email King     Edit/Delete Message
Did they really need Joey? Can't they go on as the Ramones sans Joey? I just want to hear the music.

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EmilySachs
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posted July 25, 2002 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message
Are there any Ramones left?

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jpgordo
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posted October 03, 2002 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jpgordo   Click Here to Email jpgordo     Edit/Delete Message
Yes. Shlomo Ramone and Demetrius Ramone - the lawyer Ramone and hip-hop Ramone are all that is left.

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posted December 01, 2003 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
NEW YORK, Dec. 1 Joey Ramone and his bandmates helped put CBGB on the cultural map, and his friends and fans from the legendary punk rock club have now returned the favor. The Manhattan corner where the Bowery meets Second Street was renamed Joey Ramone Place on Sunday, 2 years after his death from cancer at age 49.

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posted June 17, 2004 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
Ramones Guitarist's Tragic Cancer Battle

Former Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone is losing his battle with terminal cancer, with bandmate Marky Ramone fearing the worst. The 55-year-old rocker - real name John Cummings - was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and it has now spread throughout his body, reports rock magazine Rolling Stone Marky Ramone, drummer for the legendary group who split in 1996, says, "Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim. John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a heavy drinker and he was always into his health. It just proves when cancer seeks a body to penetrate, it doesn't matter how healthy you are or how unhealthy you are. It just seeps in and there's nothing you can do." The Ramones have been plagued by tragedy in recent years - singer Joey Ramone passed away in 2001 from lymphatic cancer and bassist Dee Dee Ramone died from a drug overdose the following year.

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posted September 16, 2004 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Johnny Ramone dies at 55
Guitarist co-founded important punk band

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones that influenced a generation of rockers, has died. He was 55.

Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo Vega.

"He was the guy with a strategy. He was the guy who not only looked after the band's interest but he also was their defender," Vega said in a telephone interview from New York.

Ramone, whose birth name is John Cummings, had been hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Johnny Ramone was one of the original members of the Ramones, whose songs "I Wanna be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Johnny Ramone co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone, who is the only surviving member of the original band. All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.

Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

Clad in leather jackets and long black mops of hair, the group started out in legendary New York clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where they blasted their rapid-fire songs.

Since its debut album in 1976, the band struggled for commercial success, but they left a formidable imprint on the rock genre. Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including bands such as Green Day and Nirvana.

Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Springsteen wrote "Hungry Heart" for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single.

The band had encounters with other big names, including producer Phil Spector, who collaborated with the band in 1980 for the album "End of the Century." During the session, the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone said Spector pulled a gun on the band.

"The Ramones had it rough," said Vega, who's worked with the band for 30 years. "The band almost had to be protected from people who were taking advantage of them. There was never any money made."

Johnny Ramone changed that by demanding more money for performances, but still kept a close watch on the band's budget; Vega recalled how he would insist that the band drive nonstop between Boston and New York for shows instead of spending the night in a hotel.

In addition to his financial conservatism, the guitarist was politically conservative -- the late Ronald Reagan was Ramone's favorite president, Vega said.

Fans have remained loyal to the Ramones, and the Ramones over the years have been loyal to their fans. In 1979, while shooting scenes for the film "Rock 'n' Roll High School," the Ramones -- ignoring the director's order -- played a concert-length session for fans who had paid to be extras, Vega said.

"The Ramones never ever lost their image, their aura of being the ultimate underdog, the voice of the angry young man," Vega said.

A tribute concert and cancer research fund-raiser was held Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. It featured performances from Los Angeles punk band X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins and others.

Along with his wife, Linda Cummings, Johnny Ramone was surrounded at his death by friends, including Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder, singer Rob Zombie and others. Other friends who gathered at his Los Angeles home included Lisa Marie Presley, Pete Yorn, Vincent Gallo and Talia Shire.

He is survived by his wife and his mother, Estelle Cummings. He will be cremated during a private ceremony.

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posted January 15, 2005 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
Johnny Ramone Gets Statue at L.A. Cemetery

LOS ANGELES - A bronze statue honoring late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled before hundreds of celebrities and cheering fans at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Ramone, co-founder and guitarist of The Ramones, was 55 when he died of prostate cancer in September at his Los Angeles home. The $100,000 statue sits near the grave of bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.


Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin said at the Friday unveiling that The Ramones were as influential on the world of rock 'n' roll as the Beatles.


"There was the music before them and the music after," he said.


Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the original band, said the memorial symbolized the spirit of The Ramones' music.


"He wanted the fans to have a place to come and a way to feel in touch with this music that got so many things right," he said.


Hollywood Forever is the final resting place for hundreds of Hollywood stars, including Rudolph Valentino, "Ten Commandments" producer Cecil B. DeMille and Bugs Bunny voice Mel Blanc.

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posted October 01, 2009 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message
The Ramones To Get The Biopic Treatment

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Life so often imitates art. A subplot on a past season of HBO's hit series "Entourage" saw movie star Vinny Chase (Adrien Grenier) in the running for a leading role in a Ramones biopic. A variety of factors led to that fictional project being put to rest, but wheels appear to have been turning on a similar effort back here in the real world. Fox Searchlight is negotiating to bring "I Slept With Joey Ramone," an as-yet-unreleased memoir written by the singer's brother Mickey Leigh, to the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.

Let's be clear here: this remains a developing story. The book's still-unfolding road to the silver screen has been a long one. Manager-producer Rory Rosengarten negotiated for the rights to the book -- which was still being written at the time -- and the band's music over a period of several years.

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fred
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posted October 02, 2009 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Fine. There could be a movie about any band at any time in history. It's all about what producers liked when they were growing up.

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